Are you ready to take your outdoor (or indoor) decor to the next level? I’m here, as promised, to show you how to create the DIY concrete table that we built for our backyard fire pit reveal last week. Plus, I’m also going to share how I create two different solar lamps for a few dollars too. To make things even sweeter, I have yet another giveaway for you to help you get the job done right. So much to share, so let’s get started!
Do you do a spring cleaning each year? For me, it seems like each month is spring with my family of 8 because I’m forever purging and cleaning. ha! Not complaining, just the truth. If I’m cleaning I know I have loved ones around me. Take for instance my workshop, full of goodies ready to become something new. These doors came off of a buffet that my son completed HERE (you seriously have to see it!). We promised to show you this repurposed cabinet door project. Oh, and we have a WINNER for the Zibra prize package!
Because these doors had cracks where the hinges were, they became unusable as they were originally intended. However, are they trash? NO WAY. Trashure I say! I recently gave my own kitchen cupboard doors new life by turning them into
Do you ever feel like that no matter how hard you try, your good intentions never seem to work out? Here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it): my kids need clothes, right? So, I like to hit garage sales to save money, but it somehow never turns out that way. Why is it they have to stick other things in garage sales that would distract you from intended mission? tsk. Seriously. I was only going to look for clothes and then this coffee table just had to be there.
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It was only $20 and it begged for new life. And boy, did I have the darndest time getting that thing to fit in the back of my suburban. Those gorgeous legs just didn’t want to fit! I even borrowed the owners
Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.
We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture makeover and with fall on the way I wanted to add some autumn colors to the mix. One of my favorite things to do in the evening is enjoy those gorgeous sunsets that light up the sky. It looks as if the whole event was painted in glory, and boy, does it sparkle like gold. I decided to capture a bit of that color in this vintage Mersman table makeover using metallic paint.
I am partnering with DecoArt and Michaels Craft Stores to showcase a new line of metallic paints that seriously have me drooling. A girl loves some bling!
Do you know that feeling of complete relaxation…that point that you just don’t want to move or else it will go away? That my friends is how I feel about sinking into my latest treat-to-
self family. ahem. Last week I showed you how I’ve been updating our patio decor. This week, take a look at the new beauty that has arrived to my outdoor decor. You don’t know backyard bliss until you have rested in a tufted hammock. Yes, not just any old hammock…a tufted hammock – a veritable mattress on ropes!. I must be dreaming…swoon.
You see, our other hammock was feasted upon by mice in our shed. It wouldn’t hold a the weight of a flea. It had been my oldest daughter’s gift and I felt so bad. My kids loved on this thing like none other and it added such fun to our backyard. I decided to surprise them. tee hee hee.
In my opinion, our home doesn’t just exist within four walls, but rather also includes the environment we create around the outside of our home. Today, I want to show you how to easily add to our outdoor decor to make an inviting space with a bit of effort. Since our Themed Furniture Makeover day for this month is all about OUTDOOR, I thought that this sweet little table would be the perfect fit. You’ll get to see what my furniture friends have created for you soon.
I’ve mentioned before that whenever we receive a piece of furniture for free, I pass it along to one of my kids. They each take turns and can’t wait to see what arrives next. My youngest son, Mr. O., was the recipient of this plant stand-type table from my mother.
It had seen better days and would fall apart if you picked it up wrong, but it had some potential. See the rust? I love me some rust.
Time for Mr. O to take the lead and get this project started.
This isn’t his first furniture makeover, as he did a clock face table before from a table he found in the trash. That’s what I call trashure.
I only had to guide him here and there with using my drill and bits.
He did a dry fit to make sure all was good and sanded smooth with my orbital sander.
We decided to go darker on the color of the wood and used my favorite stain that we’ve also used in several other projects. It’s called Early American by RustOleum. By the way, he had a ventilator on, but I forgot to take a picture of him staining, so we staged this one for a quick fix and forgot the mask. oop!
For a French twist, we added this DecoArt Cafe Paris stencil on top.
To seal it all up, we sprayed with this polyurethane for protection.
Now, doesn’t it look perfect beside our newest addition? Adding little things like this to your outdoor decor doesn’t have to break the bank.
After all the hard work, I needed to take a break. aaahhh… I’m telling you this tufted hammock found at DFOHome is bliss on earth. We were so happy with our outdoor curtains on our patio makeover, that I knew that would have just the thing I was looking for since they have oodles of styles and choices.
Hahaha…while trying to snap this picture, my toddler kept wanting to join me. Who can resist, right? The hammock is perfect for snuggling.
All of my 6 kids vie for hammock time (even though it easily holds two), but the one who deserved it most today was Mr. O. He worked hard and deserves a break.
I even served him some lemonade. Summertime is passing by so quickly.
To make your outdoor decor more fun, I am able to give one of these hammock swings to you as your very own.
Want to win? (giveaway is closed) First, head here to pick your swing chair. Next, leave me a comment on how you want to make your outdoor decor more inviting (and do tell my little guy he rocked the table project too). Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Tuesday the 26th and is open to U.S. Residents only. Another bonus is you can receive 10% OFF your entire purchase by using the coupon code: PRODIGAL
Oh, and before I forget, we also decided to make a fun sign with the salvaged wood top. Isn’t it trés chic? It is available in my shop. (SOLD)
I hope our latest additions have encouraged you to add little touches here and there to make the outside of your home an inviting space. Head to the thrift store and make an unwanted object a focal point by giving it new life. Do pin and share these ideas too! ♥
For more inspiration, next I’ll be sharing how you add even more to your decor. Head here to get The DIY details.
WAIT! Don’t forget to check out these other outdoor decor makeovers for our Themed Furniture Makeover.
More of my outdoor decor projects:
My kids are with me in my daily grind and I love to include them in my projects as well as giving them projects of their own. One day that won’t be with me and I want them to have wings to fly. I feel that learning a trade, along with a scholarly education in homeschool, is crucial. My efforts to broaden their horizons includes working alongside me as the eagerly request to learn. Today, my oldest daughter, Miss C, is getting to work on this Art Deco nightstand by giving it a modern chic makeover.
Whenever I receive a piece of furniture for free, I let one of my six kids have at it. Both of my parents have generously given various items for them to work on, and this time my father gave us this piece to revive along with a dressing table. I am working on the dressing table and my daughter gets to revive this rough-looking nightstand.
Turns out this is a piece made by Virginia House Furniture right here in the U.S. and this company is still making handmade furniture today. Isn’t that cool?
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Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, but they eventually turn out right or even better than planned, right? I am debuting my Christmas present today, one month late. tsk. You see, my husband had but one request from me for a gift. I wanted a DIY workbench that would allow me to not only store all my tools, but also be mobile and have an awesome work surface to boot. Not too tall an order, right?
Things were going as planned until we all got sick the week before Christmas, and then life goes on and it takes awhile to get back on course. So, FINALLY I can say I have my gift that both my husband and I can enjoy. I am one happy junkin’ mama. (yes, it is 20 degrees outside, sunny, and a great day to work! This is how I always look.)
Last winter I began a mission to dejunk my garage (aka my workshop). I am not a clutter bug and while I was pregnant I couldn’t work and my work piled up, literally.
There is something to be said when an effect is achieved simply and creates stunning impact. One of the appealing methods for me is creating whitewashed (or limewashed) wood. Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day and it’s all about Shades of White. I’d say whitewashed (or limewashed) wood is a perfect fit, wouldn’t you? Be sure to see what all of the other ladies have created for you later in the post.
Over the years, I have whitewashed many pieces of furniture and it is still one of my favorite ways to age a piece and create dimension. The subject for my project today is my very own farmhouse dining table. We were gifted our table from my husband’s employer Osborne Wood Products, when we both graduated college. To say I was excited was an understatement. I got to choose the wood, the legs, and the finish…eep! Rough part is that 15 years later , our table has made it through 6 children, but is in need of a makeover. (did I just say 15 YEARS ago I graduated college? wow.) I was so eager to get started that I forgot to take a true “before” picture, but here it is…